Google Pixel 2 and XL2 leaks in new specs and design rumors

New Google Pixel 2 rumors reveal specs, interesting design tweaks for 'walleye' & 'taimen'

These details were published by XDA-Developers, which says they came from an anonymous but reliable source, and are said to be near-finalized specifications for the upcoming hardware.

Interestingly enough, LG is said to provide the display panels for the Pixel 2 line, which aligns with reports of Google investing at least $880 for OLED screens. Apparently the bezels will be shrunk, a 128GB model will be on offer, and LG will be the manufacturer behind the 1440p display for the phone, all of which sounds interesting, provided you can get your hands around it.

The new Pixel XL will have 4GB of RAM and will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, it will feature a two tone glass back like the handset it replaces. The new iPhone 8, once that lands later this year, will be the most expensive handset Apple has ever made.

The alleged render for Google Pixel 2. Instead, the smartphones will get stereo speakers. The HTC U11 system files contain references to S2 and M2, which could be the code names for Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2. However, recently a report said that the company has chose to scrap the Muskie in favor of a larger handset.

Elsewhere, both smartphones are said to come with an IP68 dust and water resistance rating.

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Comparatively, the Pixel 2, or Walleye, will have the same 4.97-inch display with Full HD resolution as its predecessor, with the design being "almost identical" to the original Pixel. Design-wise it's not expected to shift too much from last year's Pixel, so will sport similar-sized bezels.

Not long ago, we saw buzz surrounding references to upcoming Pixel devices in AOSP - publications with sources informed on the matter went on to report about the existence of three Pixel devices, respectively equipped with a small screen, a large screen, and of course... an even larger screen. Sigh. It's unclear whether the lack of a headphone jack applies to the smaller model only or both phones. As soon as we have new information regarding the smartphones we will let you know.

Further, it is going to pack the Snapdragon 835 with 4GB of RAM and 64 GB of Storage. There's also rumblings that Google will launch a cheaper variant with slimmed down specs in order to tempt the more budget-conscious users. However, the top glass part won't cover the fingerprint scanner (rear-mounted again).

Google's anticipated Pixel 2 smartphone could be released sometime in October 2017, according to a report from Android Headlines.

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